Novak Djokovic praises Jack Draper following Wimbledon clash



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Novak Djokovic praises Jack Draper following Wimbledon clash

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was happy to return to Wimbledon and enjoy the taste of victory on Wimbledon's Centre Court. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, lost the opening set of his first round match but recovered to beat Jack Draper 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.

"It feels great seeing everyone and being back on probably the most special, the most sacred tennis court in the world," said Djokovic, in an on-court interview. "Obviously, alongside many other players, I was very sad last year that Wimbledon was cancelled.

[It was] very difficult times for everyone, but I'm really glad that the sport is back and hopefully you guys have enjoyed it and you will enjoy it in the next couple of weeks."

Djokovic slipped to many times on the grass

"To be honest, I don't recall falling this many times on the court," said Djokovic.

"[It was] obviously a huge honour to walk onto this court, for me at least the most special court. I always dreamed of playing at Wimbledon [and] winning Wimbledon one day when I was a kid growing up in Serbia." Draper broke Djokovic in the third game of the first set and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener.

Djokovic then claimed two breaks in each of the following three sets to claim a comeback win. "He definitely deserves a round of applause," said Djokovic. "He's a youngster, only 19. [I] hadn't seen him play too much prior to the Queen's tournament, [where] he played pretty well and won a couple of matches against higher-ranked players.

Walking onto Wimbledon's Centre Court for him for the first time, I think he has done extremely well. He carried himself very maturely on the court. I think he behaved well, he backed himself, he believed that he could come back, and he deserves credit for that. I wish him all the best for the rest of his career."